In the second of our recent collaborations with esteemed film podcast, The Projection Booth, we discuss the Amero Brother’s X-rated musical, Blonde Ambition. (No, not the Madonna film. This is the real, original ‘Blonde Ambition.’)
Released in 1981, ‘Blonde Ambition’ was years in the making. Written by LaRue Watts and directed by Lem and John Amero, the film stars Suzy Mandel and Dory Dev0n as Sugar and Candy Kane, sisters who have a song and dance act in a podunk town. One fateful evening they encounter the dashing Stephen Carlisle III (Eric Edwards), a prince of sorts who carries not a glass slipper but a valuable jewel — and, wouldn’t you know it, a duplicate of a worthless replica owned by the Kane sisters. It goes without saying that wackiness ensues.
You can hear the full podcast discussion – hosted by Mike White – and featuring all-new interviews with director John Amero, actor Kurt Mann, writer and production designer LaRue Watts, and frequent Amero collaborator Larry Revene, by clicking here.
April Hall of The Rialto Report and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this amazing musical.
You can listen to our other collaborations with The Projection Booth here: Roommates (1981) and Memories Within Miss Aggie (1974).
John Amero’s biography, co-written by The Rialto Report, has recently been reprinted after its initial run sold out. You can buy an autographed copy from FAB Press.
‘Blonde Ambition’ (1981)
Choreographer Mary Ann Niles
Dory Devon (left) and Suzy Mandel (right) with choreographer, Mary Ann Niles
John and Kurt Mann (in blonde wig)
The marriage of Rialto Report and Projection Booth is made in heaven. Entertaining, informative, brilliant.
If only we could have this approach to other classic XXX films. Smart, engaging, and illuminating.
So good. The way The Rialto Report has opened up the adult film industry is nothing short of miraculous, and the generosity of their contacts – in this case provided to Mike White and his Projection Booth, is a wonderful public service.
This site has changed the recording of the history of the golden age, and we will always be grateful for it.
Not for the Rialto Report just the occasional interview with a well known star who has been interviewed by all and sundry: this is deep history.
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Imagine if Dolly Sharp got that role dancing…and blew everyone away.
Epic in scope and substance. Great interviews, great stories. I’ve said elsewhere it’s like a porn Mikey and Judy, let’s put on a show movie. It’s kind of ramshackle and all over the place, but seriously, the literal ambition of what they try to do makes it one of the most unique of all adult films. And all the more entertaining for it.
These reports and stories entertain me more than the movies. I have been trying to find movies with some of the people providing interviews. I watched one called Jail House Girls or something with Ginger Lynn. I saw Dick Howard in it thought , “There’s that guy who played the drums.”
Then I am quickly reminded why I don’t like hardcore movies with all the close ups of penises, balls, and anuses. Still, I can now enjoy the movies for that and the occasional lesbian scene.